Some players spent the summer healing from the long and bruising grind, while others worked out even harder to prepare for this season.
With less time off in the offseason and training taking place well before training camps begin this week, competition for NHL jobs is getting tougher than ever.
From Tuesday through Thursday, NHL Insider will take a look at each team's key position battles to be determined before the season starts Oct. 8. Today, we examine the Atlantic Division and the Central Division.
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